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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1152 Stream Processors, 72 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6990, which features a core clock frequency of 830 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 255 Watts (213%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6990 should in theory be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 123392 (63%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 should be much (more or less 47%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50928 (47%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6990, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19168 (36%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6990

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon HD 6990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 March 2011
Code Name GP106-300 Antilles
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 830 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 96 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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